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More than one million android activations are happening around the world in a day and the statistics places India among the most Android loving countries. According to Hugo Barra, director of product management, Android, India saw a whopping 500 percent growth in Androids in the last one year.

The fact was revealed at the ongoing Google’s I/O developers conference. “Android is a truly global phenomenon. We now have 400 million Android devices. In countries like Brazil, India and Thailand we have seen it grow by 500% in the last one year,” Barra said. He also showed a heat map representing the number of Android activations around the world in which India was depicted in yellow color, indicating high number of activation.

The whopping growth of Android in the country may be due to the vast range of Android powered devices available in the market from Rs 5000 to Rs 40,000. Apple’s iOS powered devices are above the reach of an average Indian. Moreover other platforms like Blackberry, symbian and Windows failed to provide the user experience and features offered by Android and iOS.

Android has a 59 percent share in the Smartphone market as on May 2012, followed by Apples iOS with a market share of 23 percent. Among the Android vendors, Samsung leads the Indian Smartphone market with a share of 45 percent, which the company hopes to increase to 60 percent by this year end.

The latest version of Android, Jelly Bean, announced at the conference will come with a support for Hindi, inbuilt in the OS.

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For people who want to run all the applications under one roof- the web, Mozilla is building a new platform, exclusively based on the industry standard HTML5.

Mozilla will release the first open web device in association with Telefonica, the third largest carrier in the world.

The product will be based on Mozilla’s Boot to Gecko project, which focuses on making HTML5 as the standard platform for mobile devices.

“In a joint press conference, Telefonica revealed their intention to work with us to deliver the very first open Web devices in 2012. These devices, architected entirely on the Web and built based on an HTML5 stack with powerful Web APIs will mean significant advances in speed and cost reduction for mobile devices in the future,” Mozilla said in a post.

Many other companies including Deutsche Telekom, Adobe and Qualcomm are supporting Mozilla in building the open web platform. The company will also preview the open web apps and Mozilla marketplace this week, which will enable the creation and distribution of applications powered by HTML5, JavaScript and CSS, the open web standards.

Google is currently the leading developer of open source mobile operating system, the Android. HP also recently announced its plans on releasing WebOS as an open source platform. But with it’s completely web based platform for mobile, Mozilla is planning to do something bigger than what it did to computer with its Firefox.

Apple’s iOS overtook Google’s Android to become the leading smartphone platform in the US in the fourth quarter of 2011, thanks to strong demand for its latest iPhone model, a study said Wednesday.

In October-December quarter last year, Apple’s share of the US smartphone market doubled from a year earlier to 44.9 percent, while Android’s share fell from 50 percent to 44.8 percent in the same period, according to market research firm Kantar Worldpanel.

While Android retains global smartphone crown, Apple is now growing at a faster rate, driven by the launch of its latest iPhone 4S model in October last year, Kantar Worldpanel noted.

“Overall, Apple sales are now growing at a faster rate than Android across the nine countries we cover,” Xinhua reported quoting Dominic Sunnebo, global consumer insight director at the research firm.

Apple posted better-than-expected quarterly results Tuesday, saying it sold a record-breaking 37.04 million units of iPhone in total in the fourth quarter last year, an increase of 128 percent over the year-ago period.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone will overtake the Apple’s iPhone and iPad in market shares by 2015, says a research firm iSuppli.

According to the iSuppli analysis, with the launch of Nokia Lumia 900 at CES 2012, Windows Phone will gain the smartphone market share by 16.7 percent. Nokia Lumia 900 will help Windows Phone to become popular and Nokia will regain the market share which it lost with Android device.

Nokia is not the only seller of Windows smartphone, Samsung, Sony and HTC are also there in this winning game. However, it is expected that Nokia will dominate the market with Windows Phone devices in 2012.

Currently the smartphone operating system market is dominated by Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. But iSuppli predicts that Windows Phone share will set a rise of 62 percent in 2013 which will rule out the dominance of Android and iOS.

This new partnership of Nokia and Microsoft is going to be a win-win situation for both the companies and customers. As Nokia will help in the growth of Windows Phone in market, it will also help other makers of Windows Phone device to have a better acceptance in minds of customers.

The iPhone5, the most awaited product of Apple is available in China Market with one obvious condition ‘it’s fake’.   This fact was revealed when a sudden sweep of electronics markets was done recently by Fuzhou authorities and discovered vendors who are selling this ‘all-new iPhone 5’ named “Hi iPhone5”.

China market already has a perfect fake of iPhone 4 named SoPhone. This SoPhone looks exactly similar to the original iPhone and has features like “Multitasking”, search, and even moving “apps” into folders with drag-and-drop companied with an original looking UI. This fake phone is powered by MTK6235 chipset, and comes with a 3.5-inch (480 X 320) capacitive touchscreen, 4GB of flash storage, front and rear camera with 2 megapixels, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and removable 1400mAh battery. However it dosen’t have retina display, a micro SD card slot and also lags in battery performance. These fake phones cost around 2,000 yuan ($313) to produce and are sold around 4,000 yuan ($626), which is just only few dollars cheaper than original iPhones.

Moreover there is a report which says that there are fake Apple stores in China, which sells all fake Apple products. The look a feel of these stores are so similar to original Apple stores that customers are can’t make out.  This fakery issue in China has caused concern for the brand image of Apple as people started complaining that Apple is selling used iPhone as new.

The recent reaction of Beijing customers due to the delay in the launch of iPhone4S shows how desperate and eager they are to have an Apple iPhone4S. Customers pelted eggs on Apple store shouting ‘Liars’ as the store was not opened on the launch day due to security reasons.  So there lies a market of people who want to have this tech-luxury but can’t afford or is price sensitive and the fakes rule this market.